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Music Monday – Yukarin’s Picks

January 18, 2016, by , posted in Music

What I love about Anisongs is that there is so much variety as to the music’s style, instruments and genre which all perfectly capture the anime’s themes and characters. Here are the top two of my personal favourite (and under-appreciated) Anisongs. Enjoy!

“Fly Away” by TeddyLoid, from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

There are lots of people who have watched or heard of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, but oddly enough, this song hardly appears for a few seconds throughout all the episodes. I love the techno-electronica vibes it brings and it really juices me up when I need that energy kick to write those final essays during my all-nighters. Also a fun fact: this song was written by TeddyLoid, who also made the internet-breaking songs “ME!ME!ME!” and “GIRL”, which you are probably familiar with.

“Sky’s the Limit” by Shihoko Hirata; Lotus Juice, from Persona 4

This is one of my favourite chillax songs. It’s got a catchy beat, smooth jazz-style piano riff and an awesome female rapper. Personally I really enjoy all the music from the Persona series, but the mellow, simplistic edge to this piece makes it stand out a lot for me.

Well that’s it folks, hope you liked it!

Music Monday – Introduction to Utaite

January 10, 2016, by , posted in Music

I’m going to take a stab in the dark that most of you have heard of Vocaloids. Personally, my favourite part of Vocaloid culture is the originality and creativity they allow producers. Unfortunately, sometimes, I’m not such a fan of the distinctive “robo-crooning” sound. That’s where Utaite come in! Utaite are humans that cover Vocaloid songs (mostly, although they do also cover other songs), meaning we have all the creativity of a Vocaloid song with the oftentimes more pleasant sound of a human singer. We’ll be looking at two of my personal favourite covers today – first up, papiyon’s E? Ah, Sou. as covered by Dasoku and 【Ren】.

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Music Monday – KyaryPamyuPamyu

January 4, 2016, by , posted in Music

Happy Halloween everyone! What do you mean its January? Ah must have scheduled this post for the wrong month. No worries, I will still bring you some great music to get you through the first Monday of the year.

You’ve all heard of KyaryPamyuPamyu right? you know, her hit songs PONPONPONFashion Monster? No? Well then you should definitely check out her music.

She takes a different approach to the whole idols industry in Japan by taking cute and creepy to a whole new level, and even managing to beat the craziness that Lady Gaga puts on in the west. The song on the top of this post is her latest hit, its all about scary monsters and Halloween. And the one bellow is my personal favorite (aside from PONPONPON, everybody loves the Pon and the Wei) – Ninjaribanban

Here’s to a new year! Lets make it everything we want it to be.

Music Monday – Senbonzakura

December 28, 2015, by , posted in Music

In this edition of Music Monday, lets explore the world of Vocaloid. I am sure most of you are familiar with Miku and her beautiful songs, and if you haven’t, I’d recommend you go through our Vocaloid tag.

The song Senbonzakura was released in 2011 and describes Japan during the Meiji period. However it has contains rather dark themes, mentioning guillotines and ICBM. On the other side, the catchy tunes make it one of the most memorable Miku songs.

The version I would like to show you today, is a violin cover by Lindsey Stirling. This cover is one of the best Senbonzakura covers I’ve heard, and the visuals make it that much better, so what better place to share my love for this great piece then on [email protected]’ weekly Music Monday.

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Music Monday – Christmas×Anime

December 21, 2015, by , posted in Music

Merry Christmas! One of everyone’s favourite part of this season is the music, and one of everyone’s favourite parts of anime is music. So I say this calls for a fusion – anime Christmas music! There are some real gems hidden in this oddly specific category. Some of you may remember I have a deep love for Mizuki Nana, and she kickstarted her career with a role in a very old PlayStation game, NOeL ~La Neige~ (it’s so old it’s only on Japanese Wikipedia!), and with that role came a character song – Merry X’mas ~Holy Night Vers.~

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